A computer mouse is a handheld device, that helps you to perform some actions on your screen easily. It does so through a ‘pointer’ or a ‘cursor’ displayed on the screen.
With the advent of technology through time, it has metamorphosed from a hardware piece that had to be connected through a wire to now a wireless one. We may have made it sound like it has evolved beyond our expectations, but you’ll agree when we say – it never hurts to have fewer wires around us.
When one hears talk about how to enhance pointer precision, and you are not quite sure what it means, then here is a simple explanation about it can help you get better pointer accuracy on your screen.
The mouse usage needs of a user vary, with the kind of activity that he chooses to do on his system or screens. Hence if one is working on simple computing or editing texts, then the speed and directional movements of your mouse cursor don’t have any bearing on your work.
But if you are a gamer, an artist or even a developer then the speed, the directional movement will matter greatly in your performance criteria. The ‘enhance pointer precision’ feature in Windows is enabled by default.
Here is all you need to know about the advantages and drawbacks of when and how to use it. The three important factors that one needs to understand are the DPI (Dots Per Inch) quotient, the distant (movement) and of course the implication of speed that it entails. When you put all this together, you get the definition of ‘mouse acceleration’.
What Exactly Does “Enhance Pointer Precision” Mean
We often tend to misunderstand, the term of wanting to enhance pointer precision. When this feature is ‘disabled’, the cursor moves exactly proportionate to the distance that you want to move the cursor.
When Enhance Pointer Precision is ‘enabled’, it accelerates the mouse. This means that the cursor moves exponentially faster and over a much larger distance than what you direct with the mouse movement.
The sensitivity of your mouse is proportional to the speed of your mouse. If you move the mouse in slow motion, the cursor will travel a small distance, and when you increase the speed, the cursor will move farther.
Even if you move the mouse the same distance, the speed is the one that makes all the difference. With this featured enabled, it helps you do some precision work where you have to capture a delicate part of the screen.
On regular use, this feature can be a bit of an irritating problem as you would never prefer it while working on documentation or while playing a game.
Gamers would never go with enabling this feature as nowadays gaming mice are acquired with the physical button to adjust DPI when they want to select small objects within the game.
How To Enable Enhance Pointer Precision
People who have a cheaper or a low-end mouse may definitely want this feature to enhance their pointer performance.
Here is how to enable Enhanced Pointer Precision:
(i) Go to the Control panel.
(ii) Now, as you are into Control Panel, from here click on Hardware and Sound option.
(iii) Under Device and Printers, you see an option Mouse, click on that.
(iv) By clicking on Mouse, you get into the Mouse properties and its settings that we are actually looking for.
(v) Don’t wait and shift to Pointers Options tab.
(vi) All right so now the very first section is about Motion.
(vii) Check the box that says Enhance pointer precision.
(viii) To confirm the changes, click OK.
Using Number Pad of the Keyboard to Move the Mouse
Here is some more good news. You can now control the movement of your cursor, pixel by pixel through your number pad.
Yes, instead of using your mouse, you can now use the number pad to move your cursor one pixel at a time. This can be great if you are working on the minor details and need the adjustment pixel by pixel.
Note: This feature is not accessible to those having a small keyword which does not have a dedicated number pad. If you have one, go ahead.
(i) Open the Control Panel of your PC.
(ii) Now click on Ease of Access.
(iii) Once you have entered in Ease of Access option, under Ease of Access Center, click on Change how your keyword works.
(iv) Now under Make the keyboard easier to use, click on Set up Mouse Keys.
You have two options.
(a) The first one is when you tick the box that says Turn on Mouse Keys that enables using the numeric keypad to move the mouse.
(b) Or, the second one is using the keypad.
There is a keyboard shortcut ALT + left SHIFT + NUM LOCK to achieve the same.
Now click on OK and Apply to save the changes.
How To Change Pointer Speed and DPI of Mouse
To have more control over the movements of your cursor, you can tweak up your mouse settings. This makes it move faster and in a more precise manner than before.
The two most important aspects that decide the performance of your cursor on the screen are DPI and pointer speed. It doesn’t really matter what kind of mouse you have, the pointer speed can always be changed according to your needs.
Along with pointer speed adjustments you can also control how far the mouse cursor will move on the screen, in proportion to the movement your mouse.
To change the pointer speed follow the same steps that you did while enabling Enhance pointer precision.
(i) Go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Mouse > Pointer Options.
(ii) Now, move the slider from Slow to Fast to adjust the Pointer Speed.
(iii) Save the changes and see how it affects your overall mouse accuracy.
DPI (Dots per Inch) controls over the sensitivity of your mouse. A higher DPI means your cursor will move farther when you move your mouse.
As mentioned earlier, a few gaming mice come with an in-built button to adjust DPI. Along with gaming mice, there are also some advanced set of mice that allows you to change the DPI.
Higher DPI responds to and detects even smaller movements of the mouse, and this allows you to concentrate on the tiny part of your screen for more accuracy. Mouse with higher DPI is not always preferable as it would mean that with just a flicker, the mouse can literally ‘fly’ over large distances.
Most gamers would prefer the pointing out and aiming smaller details of the screen most of the times. That is why the DPI buttons are particular to gaming mice.
People using Photoshop also find it worthwhile to use the DPI buttons as precision and accuracy is what they always look for.
One can always change the DPI settings by using the driver control panel, provided by the mouse’s manufacturer. If you don’t have access to it, you could try to install it from the official website.
Trying any of the mentioned options gives you an idea about how your mouse can achieve accuracy when needed. Whether you change the pointer speed, DPI or enable Enhance pointer precision, you can apply as any combinations as you want.
We assure you that each combination has a different effect on how your mouse cursor will move and respond to even small movements.